A trip to see the Archbishop, Lambeth Palace

Img_5309reductionTo Lambeth Palace, to plant mistletoe for the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The Archbish wasn’t in, but he had given his blessing, despite the C of E banning mistletoe from inside churches (allegedly). 


Iain Boulton, the ecologist for Lambeth Borough told me that the Archbish was very keen on biodiversity and wanted Lambeth Palace Gardens to do their bit.  This exercise is, of course, part of the London Mistletoe Biodiversity Plan.



Img_5311reduction_2 So Iain and I got on with it – starting with the pleached limes – a most suitable host, and one where, if the mistletoe grows, it will become a major feature of the gardens in years to come. 



The Lambeth Palace Gardens are ancient – this has been the seat of the archbishopric for many centuries, and we find a lot of suitable hosts beyond the limes – Robinia, Willows, Apples – all attract our attention, plus a few berries each.  I do hope the Archbish does like mistletoe – he may have quite a lot.  But he is called Rowan, and mistletoe is very fond of Rowan, so perhaps the relationship is pre-ordained.



Img_5322reduction This pic shows some of the berries on a branch – I usually aim for 5 per planting, to allow for casualties.




Talking of mistletoe and Christianity, I shall be up in Yorkshire later in the spring – and will see what I can find out about the mistletoe at York Minster – the only church in Britain where mistletoe is allowed to be used on the High Altar…